Fire Marshal Bill
"Fire Marshal Bill Burns" is one of the most popular fictional characters to emerge from the
sketch comedyshow In Living Color. He was portrayed by actor Jim Carrey& appeared in 10+ sketches. He is the only character to appear consistently throughout all 5 seasons of "ILC".
A common sketch would be for Fire Marshal Bill to appear unexpectedly then show how unsafe ordinary activities were by showing himself engaging in off-the-wall, dangerous activities which he responded with "LEMME SHOW YA SOMETHIN!!!!" Examples included where he warned against drinking cocktails on a cruise liner because it would be dangerous if one was holding a vial of
hydrochloric acidin the other hand. The climax of the sketch occurred when he would perform the most destructive act involving explosives which would inevitably destroy the set, only to have people running for their lives and his response '"Do not panic, I am a fire marshal!" before the expected destruction. Despite sometimes losing limbs, Fire Marshal Bill was never killed, as he was then seen among those forced out of the destroyed structure. The character is widely known to have been modeled as a caricature of Mr. Rogers. The idea was suggested to Carrey by longtime friend and fellow actor Daniel Lichtblau.
"Fire Marshal Bill" is a term used to describe someone who is engaging in very risky behavior, such as a man who smokes a cigarette while pumping gas.
Examples of Fire Marshal Bill's destruction
*Lighting the pilot light when a
meteor showeroccurred, burning down a house.
*Injecting himself with nitroglycerin and then Farting, resulting in an explosion destroying a hospital.
*Arming the self-destruct sequence on a futuristic
space station, vaporizing it.
plastic explosiveonly to send it to a cruise liner's engine room, reigniting it and forcing everyone to abandon ship.
*Throwing a grenade into a fireplace during a Christmas party.
*Throwing an explosive in a bar during the
Super Bowl, blowing the bar up.
*Chopping off his thumb for no reason.
*Blowing up the
*Stop,Drop,and Rolling on thumbtacks.
*Setting a fish tank on fire using gasoline.
Barbie Power Wheelsthrough a wall.
*Dipping his hand in
liquid nitrogenthen smashing it with a hammer.
*Plugging in a projector while standing in a tub of water.
*Doing a self operation extracting his
intestinesand a TV remote then stapling himself shut.
*Amputating his own leg.
*Drinking an alien from a jar and having it burst from his stomach.
Gatoradeon himself while holding a microphone in his mouth causing him to blow up into a big screen TV.
*Having people throw darts at his face.
*Sucking laughing gas then shocking his
earand mouthwith a defibrillator.
*Burning his face on a skillet.
*Chopping off his fingers while preparing
*Slamming his hand in a door on purpose.
acidwhich caused his teethto launch out of his mouth and onto the chinof a bride.
orangein the vibrating bed.
*Bouncing on the bed causing him to be impaled on the ceiling lights.
sex dollwith Hydrogenand igniting it with static electricityblowing up a hotel.
*Slamming his hand in a
*Sticking his foot under a tree getting it caught in a
snowmannose with lit dynamite.
sea urchinin his eye.
lemonwedge in his eye.
In his song 'We had to tear this mother er up',
Ice Cubesays 'Steal, mutha Fire Marshall Bill, Oh what the hell, throw the cocktail'
*In the popular computer online game World of Warcraft, there is, in fact, a CPU whose name is Bill, B.O.O.M. Fire Marshall
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